Event 01: What Modern, Women-Only Salons Can Teach Us About Leading and Listening to Our Gut
On January 25, 2018, we hosted our very first Modern Salon for Women in New York City to discuss, debate, and address some of the most pressing issues of our time. The Modern Salon for Women is a social gathering with a mission: meet like-minded, fabulous women over a glass of wine to share ideas and plans that continue to change the world.
Why a ”salon”? The formal definition of a salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. While often associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, salons remained commonplace until as recently as the 1940s in urban settings as an important place for the exchange of ideas (Wikipedia).
Our first Modern Salon for Women was hosted by two luminaries: Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s Note to Self podcast, and author of Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self; and with Azita Ardakani, founder of Lovesocial and partner at the investment firm Honeycomb Portfolio. Both are adept at talking about how our unconscious world shapes our career more than we realize. They know that by having strength and balance in our inner world, we can empower what we create in our the outer world.
Joining the salon were cultural anthropologists, Fortune 50 bankers, lifestyle brand personalities, and media powerhouses. Professional women from all walks of life, with a wide range of careers, opinions, orientation and experiences gathered in an ambient lit speakeasy space on the fourth floor of the Norwood Club in New York.
Azita shared details about her personal and professional journey, recognizing the importance of listening to her gut in high stakes business endeavors. She had to learn how to trust her own instincts and her innate sense of purpose. For her success meant turning down a lucrative acquisition offer for her agency, Lovesocial — the deal presented was not the path she had envisioned for herself and caused her much internal angst which led to deep reflection and personal realignment necessary to thrive as a well-rounded human being. This idea of reconciling external needs with her internal mission pervaded our conversations throughout the evening and left many of us inspired to reflect on our own needs and missions.
Interestingly, Azita’s self-realization story was also grounded in the roots of microbiology and our bodies’ natural yearning for ecosystem balance. She expertly explained to how the human organism constantly seeks out balance in order to survive and thrive. In other words, every one of us is born with the tools to find clarity and live with purpose. Our “gut and unconscious mind” can guide us to the best path of action. We just need to learn to tune in and truly listen to ourselves.
Here’s why these insights — and in-person salon events like this one — matter. When we take the time to get clear about our own personal mission and intentions, it builds more confidence. When we’re confident, we can have impactful and balanced conversations about heavy issues affecting our daily workplace and life. It helps us with everything from social media pressure to managing teams, our communities, and our shared future.
We are all capable. I invite you to join me. Pause, consider and acknowledge your gut and unconscious mind. Find your voice and mission that may be muffled inside — and then of course — share yourself and thrive!
I know what you are thinking – “Wow – this was all in their first Modern Salon for Women?“ Yes it was, and we’re not stopping. We are planning events in Washington D.C. and New York for this spring, Minneapolis this summer, and additional dates and locations to be determined throughout the year.
Eager to know more? Please reach me directly at [email protected] I’d love to connect with you.
The women behind Modern Salon for Women:
Executive Producer & Founder of Studio Kairos– Kirsten Cluthe
WNYC’s own Media and Tech Wiz – Manoush Zomorodi
GoKart Labs Innovation and Client Strategy Extrovert – Amee Mungo
We are inspired by the stories that need telling and the comradery and progress that needs connecting. We are working women in our 40s & 50s with fantastic jobs in fast-paced demanding industries. We are tech-savvy, mothers, travelers, ladder climbers and influencers. We are empathetic, we feel, we cry, we fight, we want better for our generation and the wonderful women right behind us and the women behind them. We want our daughters to pursue and achieve their dreams in fair and equitable workplaces and we want our sons to do the same and support their partners of the future. We require one another – all of us, as human beings.